Creativity Prompt: Title Mash-Up

Often, a title will flash into a writer’s mind and spark a story idea. You can generate potential idea-sparking titles by taking parts of one title and combining it with others:

Tender (by Sofia Samotar) + Ode (from Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled) = The Tender Ode, which you can riff on and create things like Odes of Tender Memory. Play around. See if something sparks an idea. If not, try again.

The Queen of Nothing (Holly Black) and The Starless Sea (Erin Morgenstern) = The Queen of the Sea, The Starless Queen, The Starless Nothing, and so on.

There are also title generators. This one lets you choose beginning and ending words: and generates things like: The Day Before Monsters, The Day Before Heroes, The Silence of Distances, Evidence of Love Monsters, The Silence of Monsters.

Give it a try.

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